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MNT Completes Gold Cup Prep With 4-0 Win Against Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July, 3 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.

Dempsey has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler’s goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.

The stage is now set for MNT’s run in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the team will look to defend its 2013 title. The USA starts group play on Tuesday, July 7, with a match against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal) 19th minute: Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Castillo stooped to head the ball back to his ‘keeper, but put his clearance past a scrambling Paulo Motta and into the bottom right corner of the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Timmy Chandler 58th minute: DeAndre Yedlin cut back in the wide right channel  and passed to Timmy Chandler, who was open in support. Chandler took a controlling dribble to his left and sent an absolute rocket into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out. USA 2, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 73rd minute: Michael Bradley was fouled in the box to set the USA up with its second penalty of the game. Dempsey stepped up to take it and calmly chipped it in over the diving goalkeeper. USA 3, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes) 86th minute: Gyasi Zardes fielded a Dempsey lob on the left side of the box and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range. USA 4, GUA 0  FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Guatemala’s Carlos Mejia sent in a dangerous cross in front of goal where Jairo Arreola was finishing his run. Guzan, sensing the danger, took a quick step and slid in front, denying he opportunity.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 39th minute: Guatemala earned a free kick on the right side. A high, looping cross found Wilson Lalin on the back post. Lalin sent a header back across the mouth of the goal, but Guzan was ready, smothering the shot and falling on it safely.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 46th minute: Guatemala broke away at the start of the second half with an early attack. A cross in from the right side bounced around and ended up at the feet of Carlos Ruiz, who quickly ripped a left-footed shot at goal. Guzan dove and brought down the shot for the save.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT begins play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is just a game away from the century cap mark. He now has 99 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal in his 22nd appearance with the USA.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 10th career shutout, to move into a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 41st goal, affirming his standing in the No. 2 position on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. The goal was his fifth against Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson was 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi made his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the team’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • The U.S. has outscored Guatemala 10-0 in its last two matches.
  • The MNT is unbeaten against Guatemala on U.S. soil, improving their record to 15-0-1
  • Chris Wondolowski also scored against Guatemala in the MNT’s last matchup with Central Americans in 2013.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date:  July 3, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff:  6 p.m. CT
Attendance:  44,835
Weather:  76 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
GUA                          0          0          0

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal)                  19th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (DeAndre Yedlin)      58
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty)                     72
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes)      86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (13-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (15-Tim Ream, 61), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Greg Garza, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (20-Gyasi Zardes, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 68)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Brad Evans, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta (capt.), 2-Ruben Morales, 4-Wilson Lalin, 13-Carlos Castrillo (19-Carlos Figueroa, 74), 15-Deniss Lopez; 6-Carlos Mejia (18-Aslinn Rodas, 84), 14-Kendel Herrarte (10-Jose Contreras, 46), 17-Brandon De Leon (8-Jonathan Marquez, 69), 23-Jorge Aparicio, 7-Jairo Arreola (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Minor Lopez (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Victor Ayala, 21-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Jose Pinto, 11-Gerardo Arias
Head coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            35th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       48
GUA – Carlos Castrillo (caution)        71
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (caution)              71
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)      81

Officials: 
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
4th Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Timmy Chandler

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: July 3, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
Attendance: 44,835
Weather: 76 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
GUA                             0          0          0

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal)                  19th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (DeAndre Yedlin)     58
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty)                      72
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes)    86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (13-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (15-Tim Ream, 61), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Greg Garza, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (20-Gyasi Zardes, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 68)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Brad Evans, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta (capt.), 2-Ruben Morales, 4-Wilson Lalin, 13-Carlos Castrillo (19-Carlos Figueroa, 74), 15-Deniss Lopez; 6-Carlos Mejia (18-Aslinn Rodas, 84), 14-Kendel Herrarte (10-Jose Contreras, 46), 17-Brandon De Leon (8-Jonathan Marquez, 69), 23-Jorge Aparicio, 7-Jairo Arreola (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Minor Lopez (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Victor Ayala, 21-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Jose Pinto, 11-Gerardo Arias
Head coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)             35th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)        48
GUA – Carlos Castrillo (caution)        71
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (caution)              71
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)       81

Officials: 
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
4th Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Timmy Chandler

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U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

On the USA’s Group F opponents:
“It’s a good group in terms having three different teams, a European team, Asia and South America. In our opening game we have Thailand, who we’ve played once, and I like playing teams that we haven’t played a lot. Then obviously we have a familiar foe in Sweden. So, it’s a good group and I’m excited to get this thing started.”

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“It comes with the territory. The history of this program, the players grow up in it, so for myself and the players, the expectation is the demand for your best. For us it’s an opportunity to go out and test ourselves against the best teams in the world, and our players thrive in that environment.”

On the recent growth and change in the world of women’s soccer:
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The USA was the sixth team drawn from Pot 1 and was placed into Group F, alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

On the pressure of carrying the world’s No. 1 ranking:
“I always say the home country has the most pressure on them. We’re going forward looking to attack the World Cup, so our players are just relishing that challenge. We have a great balance: players who have been there and seen it and know what it takes, and players that are new to their first World Cup potentially. All the players are hungry and ready for the experience. So, it’s a really good position for us.”

On how much more challenging and competitive the tournament is becoming:
“Every group is going to face their challenges and women’s soccer in general is improving so much. All the Federations have really put more into their programs so every year it gets more and more competitive, and more fun and more exciting. These games are going to be unbelievable and no one’s going to take any game lightly. This tournament is going to be fun.”

U.S. WNT Forward Carli Lloyd

On the USA’s Group F opponents:
“Every group is challenging. We’re excited to know our path and no matter who we play, I know this is a group of players that will be extremely focused on that first match, and then we move on to the next. Being here at the Draw, you can really get feel for how great a World Cup this is going to be. Everyone is excited and ready to put on a world class event.”

On the pressure of coming into the tournament as reigning champions:
“Obviously, we have a target on our backs and everyone team is going to give us their best game, but we are embracing that, we’re confident our abilities and depth, and I know the next six months will prepare us for whatever challenge comes our way in France.”

U.S. WNT Midfielder Lindsey Horan

On finally learning the team’s opponents and playing against Sweden:
“First off, I’m very excited the draw has finally been made, it makes everything so real. I’m really looking forward to playing Sweden again. I think they’re always a tough matchup and two of my best friends play for Sweden so it’s pretty special for me.”

On returning to Paris:
“Of course, if I make the team, playing in Paris would be surreal for me. I might actually start crying getting back to where it all started for me.”

U.S. WNT Forward Megan Rapinoe

On the opponents the U.S. WNT will face at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: 
“Obviously, getting Sweden, it’s like a rule now that we have to face them every time in the opening round so that will be a kind of a familiar foe. The other two are ranked lower but we will be taking every opponent seriously. It’s just nice that we have the group now, we can set our sights on a hard target. Up until this point, it’s been all about qualifying, then we qualified, and it’s kind of been very vague, so it’s nice to actually have these three teams to look forward to and start to prepare for heading into the World Cup next summer.”

On the increasing parity among FIFA Women’s World Cup teams:
“The quality of every team, top to bottom, continues to get better. All these teams that maybe in the past haven’t been so formidable are getting so much stronger. But I think we are, too, and the top teams are as well. We are very proud of our ranking right now and will continue to try to build on that and we feel confident in whoever we face.”

U.S. WNT Midfielder Julie Ertz

Overall thoughts on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw:
“I’m very excited. It’s a positive that in the past two years we have played all these teams so we’re going into it knowing we’ve played them before and we have an idea of their style of play. I think just watching the Draw you get that surreal feeling of this being 2019, something we’ve been talking about really since 2015, but that also makes it really exciting.”

On facing Sweden again at the FIFA Women’s World Cup:
“I just knew they were going to be in our group. I think obviously, looking back to the last big tournament, we have that bad taste in our mouth from the last time we played them. For us, it’s even more motivation. People say ‘Oh, they’re World Cup champions’ but people forget that the Olympics was the most recent tournament. It was a difficult game and we didn’t want to get out when we did, so I think having Sweden in our group adds to the challenge.”

On how much more challenging and competitive the tournament is becoming:
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U.S. WNT Forward Tobin Heath

On the USA’s opponents in Group F:
“Interesting to see Sweden there, especially after the last Olympics, but it’s an interesting group for us. It’s a different kind of group than we’ve seen in the past. Just seeing the groups come out is making me so excited; I just can’t wait!”

On if Thailand makes it an easier group:
“You don’t get to pick your fate and each World Cup tells a different story. I’m just excited to see what this World Cup will give us.”

On the difficulty of USA’s knockout round path depending on where they finish in Group F:
“I think you see the group and frame it as how it’s going to be the most beneficial to you. I think finishing second is never the USA’s mentality; we always want to finish first. In a World Cup you’re going to have to face the best teams. So, whether you’re facing those difficult teams right off the bat or more towards the end of the tournament hopefully, that’s where we want to be.”

On the third group game being against Sweden after going out against them in the 2016 Olympics:
“I think any time you get a “do-over,” the U.S. has always done it right. You take 2011 when we played Japan in the final and then we played them again in the final in 2015, we finished what we wanted to. For us Sweden has always been a challenging opponent but learning from 2016 will only help us.”


Tobin Heath spoke with FOX following the Draw about the USA and its summer 2019 opponents.

On facing Chile after recently playing them in a pair of friendlies this past fall:
“For us it’s fantastic to face these opponents that typically we wouldn’t have faced. Kudos to U.S. Soccer for scheduling the games. Being able to face Chile [already], the surprise factor will be a little bit out of there, but theirs will be less with us as well.

On Thailand not being pushovers:
“You have to be careful with these opponents because you don’t know what to expect and you always have to come out on your front foot.”

On if there are any teams the U.S. should fear in the tournament:
“Obviously the powerhouses: France being in France and then obviously Germany, but I’m excited to see Spain. We play them in January which will give us a better understanding of them.”

U.S. WNT Defender Kelley O’Hara

On her initial response to the Draw:
“I’m pumped! So excited to finally know who our competition is going to be those first three games. We can wait to start to prepare and focus on our group."

On Sweden being in the USA’s group again:
“I’m excited to play Sweden. They obviously knocked us out of the 2016 Olympics, so we are going to want some redemption there. That’s going to be a really good game to test us as they’re obviously the highest ranked team we’ll play in our first three games. We have a great rivalry with Sweden and they’re always a difficult opponent.”

On if it’s good to play Sweden last in the Group Stage:
“Yeah, I think you can see it both ways. Sometimes it’s good to have your first game [be difficult] right off the bat, kick it into high gear, that sort of thing, but at the same time, maybe we will need to work our way into the tournament. Hopefully that’s not the case – and I don’t think it will be. It’s funny, everyone has been asking this week, ‘who do you want to play? What teams do you want to see? What’s your stiffest competition going to be?’ and at the end of the day, for our team, it’s always been, we’re just going to show up and play our game, do what we need to do and focus on us. So, I didn’t really go into today thinking, ‘I want a certain team or I hope we don’t play a certain team.’”

On if it will be hard to assess what Chile and Thailand will be like to play against:
“Thankfully we did play Chile this year, which is serendipitous for us, and it is nice to have some idea of what that team is going to be like. We have an amazing staff that does a really incredible job of scouting for us and creating game plans, so regardless if we’ve played a team or not, we go in with a good idea of what to expect.”

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